I am a sociologist of personal life, and my work has focused in particular on intimate relationships. My research has explored couple relationships within the context of late modern social processes, sexual practices, non-monogamy, relationship breakdown, friendship and digital intimacy.
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University HEA/SEDA recognised.
PhD, University of Manchester ESRC +3 funded
MA (Econ) Social Research Methods, University of Manchester
BA (Hons) History and Sociology, University of Manchester, First Class
Departmental Internationalisation Lead
Member of REF Steering Group
My main areas of interest are social research methods, sociological theory, personal relationships, gender and sexualities. I currently lead the following units:
Intimate Relationships and Personal Life (Level 5)
The Sociological Imagination: Issues and Debates in Contemporary Sociology (Level 6)
Sociology BA Programme, University of Westminster, 2014 - 2018
Sociology BA Programme, University of Liverpool 2018 - 2022
J. van Hooff (2013). Modern couples?: Continuity and change in heterosexual relationships.
N. Hammond, J. van Hooff (2019). "This Is Me, This Is What I Am, I Am a Man": The Masculinities of Men Who Pay for Sex with Women. J Sex Res. pp.1-14.
G. Aeby, J. van Hooff (2018). Who gets custody of the friends? Online narratives of changes in friendship networks following relationship breakdown. Families, Relationships and Societies.
J. van Hooff (2017). An everyday affair: Deciphering the sociological significance of women’s attitudes towards infidelity. Sociological Review. 65(4), pp.850-864.
K. Themen, J. van Hooff (2017). Kicking against tradition: women’s football, negotiating friendships and social spaces. Leisure Studies. 36(4), pp.542-552.
JH. van Hooff, A. Westall (2016). Enhancing belonging, confidence and academic development through meaningful Personal Tutoring. Learning and Teaching in Action. 11(2), pp.27-36.
J. Van Hooff (2015). Desires, Expectations and the Sexual Practices of Married and Cohabiting Heterosexual Women. Sociological Research Online. 20(4), pp.1-10.
JH. van Hooff (2011). Rationalising inequality: Heterosexual couples' explanations and justifications for the division of housework along traditionally gendered lines. Journal of Gender Studies. 20(1), pp.19-30.
JH. van Hooff (2010). That difficult second year: Improving student experience and attainment at level five. Innovations in Practice.
J. van Hooff (2019). Swipe right? Tinder, commitment and the commercialization of intimate life. J. Carter, L. Arocha. In: Romantic Relationships in a Time of Cold Intimacies. Palgrave,
J. van Hooff, S. Connolly, S. Taylor (2013). The Student Journey Project: Findings so far. CARPE
J. van Hooff (2017). Secrets and Lies: Couple Relationships and Infidelity. The Sociological Review Blog.
J. van Hooff (2014). Conscious Uncoupling: Reassessing Agency and Desire in Couple Relationships. Discover Society.
Member of Local Organising Committee for European Sociological Association conference, Manchester 2019
Varous media appearances and interviews, for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio FiveLive, the Times, Grazia, the Independent. You can hear me talking about my research on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ on 14/02/18 here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r6fvq
2018 Shortlisted for Sociological Review Award for Outstanding Scolarship
2016 Shortlisted for BSA SRO SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the British Sociological Association